So, this is my first build. I've been saving up for this PC for a while, and the time to build it has come. This isn't exactly a budget build, nor a gaming build so I'm going to try my best to give an explanation for this crazy list of parts.
Rationale CPU: I chose the Xeon mainly because it was a quad core processor with hyper threading at a relatively low price. Motherboard: I'm sorry. I probably should've gone with a way cheaper board on something like the H97 chipset. I mainly got it because it was pretty cheap with a mail-in-rebate. Also, I didn't want to risk screwing something up by painting a cheaper motherboard white (yes, It's an aesthetics-based build). CPU Cooler: There isn't any because you don't overclock Xeons (I'll see about that). Memory: It's fast and the $2 difference between white and black was worth it considering the price of some special spray paint that doesn't screw up the heat dissipation of the heat sink (I don't even think that it comes in white). Storage: SSD and HDD combo. I had considered adding an extra $15 for a 2TB HDD of the Seagate variety, but I decided not to, mainly because of reliability and the fact that I generally don't even use that much storage. Video Card: 750ti and looks like it'll be fun overclocking. I'm not really a big fan of the aggressive shroud, though. Case: I probably could've gone for a slightly better option, but the Phantom 240 is really unique and I just love it. Power Supply: I hope it doesn't explode. Was cheap with a mail-in-rebate. I still cringe whenever I look at the cables on the 24-pin connector. Nothing that a little bit of electrical tape can't fix.
So, in end, my build was an aesthetics-based workstation that can also game. I chose this combination of parts so that I would have a powerful PC to take on whatever I throw at it. And trust me, I'm going to do a lot.
My log is mostly rationale, but I'll include a bit from the building process. My experienced friend came over to help. We built the PC and it worked and all, but he had left horrible cable management. It was so bad, that I spent the rest of the night fixing it, and now it looks so much better.
We had a few challenges, though. Firstly, we didn't screw all of the standoffs tight enough. This was because our screwdriver wasn't the best, so we opted for a Flathead. We also ended up of having two motherboard screws from the case that had their coating stuck together, rendering both useless. This wasn't much of a problem, but a small disappointment from NZXT. Please remind me to ask NZXT for a couple more screws later. In my opinion, the largest hurdle was when I used an encrypted flash drive for the installer for Windows (I don't have an optical drive, so I had to do most things via USB). We quickly identified this problem, but the only normal drive we had was some crappy old Sandisk. With about 95% of the media creation process through, the drive stopped working and we had to start over. Again. It worked the second time, but was still a pain.
Even with these challenges, I found the building process to be very fun and I can't wait to build another PC again. I am very proud of the end result, and I'll make sure to attach a few photos for you to see. Feedback is much appreciated.
EDIT: Sorry that I don't have the best photos attached. I'll get better ones as soon as possible. EDIT: I've tried to fix some badly colored cables and I've taken the sticker off the CPU heat sink. To be honest, it looks even worse, so I'll have to think of a solution for that.